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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
“There are a few teams out there with $6-million goaltenders. I think we can handle it,” said Murray yesterday. “If something crops up for (Gerber), we’ll take advantage of it.”
Problem is, the Maple Leafs will be putting lipstick on their pig named Andrew Raycroft and golden oldies Ed Belfour and Curtis Joseph are sitting out there in UFA land, too. The buyers have a few options. The Ducks would probably like to move Ilya Bryzgalov, too.
Despite the belief the Senators are overpaying for their goaltending situation in light of Emery’s new three-year, $9.5-million deal announced yesterday, the fact is the Senators still aren’t the team paying the most for their puckstoppers next year.
The Ottawa Senators have avoided arbitration with defenseman/forward Christoph Schubert as the two sides have agreed on a three-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Darren Dreger of TSN reports on Ottawa radio that Emery has signed right before his arbitration hearing- 3 years, $9.5 million.
added 9:15am, TSN link now available…
from the Ottawa Citizen,
There still could be a deal before today’s salary arbitration hearing for Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery, but as of Monday it appeared as if the decision would be left to a third party.
The hearing, scheduled for this morning in Toronto, comes after weeks of talks between Emery’s agent, J.P. Barry, and Senators general manager Bryan Murray.
Despite the lack of progress between Emery and the National Hockey League club, Barry said there was still a chance a deal could be worked out before the hearing takes place or before the arbitrator releases a decision, which could come as late as early August.
NHL.COM: lists forward Peter Schafer as part of the Boston Bruins roster and right wing Shean Donovan as a member of the Ottawa Senators.
I am waiting for more verification, will update when it comes in.
added 10:01am, TSN confirms,
The Ottawa Senators have dealt Peter Schaefer to the Boston Bruins for Shean Donovan.
from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray may want to trade Gerber, but he can’t cut off the nose to spite the Senators’ face.
It will require a delicate balancing act to ensure that Ottawa’s net and wallet are not left sparely filled—and it’s a move that could set the tone for Murray’s tenure as GM in this city.
However, don’t be surprised if the other shoe fails to drop before Emery’s situation is settled.
After all, who knows how much longer Gerber will reign as the highest paid goaltender in the city?
Right now, there’s no clear-cut answer on how to deal with Gerber.
But if Murray finds him too difficult to unload, with Emery standing by in the meantime, palms outstretched, the solution may be thrust upon the GM far quicker than he expected.
from the Ottawa Citizen via the Star Phoenix,
A bigger problem for Murray is what to do with the $7.4 million due to backup Martin Gerber in the next two seasons. Murray has talked to a couple of NHL clubs with interest, but they want to dump similar contract burdens this way, so Murray wouldn’t be any farther ahead.
“Maybe later in the summer, when it comes time to talk trades and balance rosters, something can be done,” Murray said. “We need two goalies here, and Martin is a good goalie. If we have to pay his salary, then that’s how it will be. If we can move him, there could be a few million dollars left to add a player.”
Murray said that under no circumstances would he send Gerber to Binghamton of the American Hockey League just to get his contract off the salary-cap books. The Senators would still have to pay Gerber’s full salary and would still require an NHL-experienced goaltender as Emery’s backup.
more on the Sens negotiation with Emery…
from Business Wire,
2K Sports announced today that Jason Spezza, first-line center for the Ottawa Senators, has been named cover athlete and official spokesman for NHL® 2K8, 2K Sports’ top-rated NHL video game for five years in row*.
“It’s a great honor to be the NHL 2K8 cover athlete,” said Jason Spezza. “The NHL 2K series has always selected some of the best players in the NHL and I’m really excited to follow in their footsteps of representing the finest hockey video game title this year.”
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
Ottawa’s Dany Heatley, Atlanta’s Marian Hossa, and San Jose’s Patrick Marleau headline the list of potential 2008 unrestricted free agents.
Of the three, Heatley’s numbers over the past two years have been staggering. Back-to-back 50-goals seasons, one hundred plus points, comparitively he blows Briere, Gomez and Drury out of the water….
Heatley’s agent J.P. Barry is expected to meet with Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray this week to discuss Ray Emery’s extension with the Senators. Heatley’s future is likely to come up, but unless Eugene Melnyk has the money truck parked outside Scotiabank Place, this negotiation isn’t even close to being finalized.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
After making $925,000 last season and helping the club reach the Stanley Cup final, Emery is going to have a strong arbitration case and Murray knows it. That’s why Murray doesn’t want to risk Emery scoring an award of $4.5 million in arbitration. Ideally, the Senators would like to ink Emery to something similiar to the three-year, $8-million deal that Cam Ward signed with the Hurricanes last summer.
more on the Sens including Gerber asks to be traded…
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